It’s more bad news for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to USA Today, recent T’Wolves acquisition Chase Budinger will be out at least three months with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Budinger sustained the injury while attempting to corral a loose ball in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves’ loss at Chicago Saturday.
“It was one of those crazy plays where my foot got stuck,” Budinger, who underwent surgery on his knee on Tuesday, told NBA.com. “It got tangled up. I felt my leg twist. … The injuries are tough. It’s frustrating because I’ve never had a knee problem [like this].”
The 24-year-old athlete is not expected to have any lingering issues with his knee once he returns.
The Washington Post notes Budinger’s injury is the latest blow to the already banged up Timberwovles.
The Post writes:
“All-Star forward Kevin Love is expected to miss at least the first month of the season with a broken right hand and point guard Ricky Rubio isn’t expected back until the middle of December as he continues rehabbing a torn ACL in his left knee suffered last March”
The Wolves are also missing backup point guard JJ Barea, who is out with a sprained left foot, and Brandon Roy, who missed the team’s last game with a sore right knee.
Prior to his injury, Budinger averaged 11.8 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds through six games this season.
Over the course of his three-year NBA career, the Arizona product is averaging 9.4 points, 3.4 boards and 1.4 assists per contest.